Leeds are hopeful of concluding a deal for the permanent transfer of Olivier Dacourt to Roma, following talks between the two clubs.

In a statement on the club’s website Leeds say that “it is still likely that the 28-year-old will complete the move and not return to Elland Road.”

“Dacourt has been a success with Roma and revealed recently that he is very happy in the Italian capital, having settled well”, the statement added.

A œ4.2m fee was agreed between the two clubs when Dacourt made the switch in January, while the 28-year-old also finalised personal terms on a four-year contract. However, the Italians are believed to be looking for a reduction in the fee.

The riginal deadline for a deal to be struck is this Thursday, but the clubs have agreed a seven-day extension, by which time it is hoped a compromisewill have been reached.

Dacourt has spent the last four months of the season on loan at Roma.